It’s nearly Mothers’ Day, and what better way to treat your mum than with a sunny spring walk followed by delicious tea and cakes! Here’s our round-up of the tastiest tearooms for walkers in the land!
|1. The Coffee Tavern, Pott Shrigley, Cheshire |
Built in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, this quaint corrugated hall started its life as a public reading rooms and library. It was converted to a coffee tavern and tearooms between the World Wars - although, at one point, it was used as a storage depot by the local plumber! After a brisk walk on Bakestonedale Moor or a stroll through the grounds of Lyme Park, it’s just the spot for rhubarb crumble and piping hot custard!
Read: Tea Shop Walks in Cheshire, by Clive Price and Graham Beech
|2. The Flock-In Tearoom, Rosthwaite, Cumbria |
A tearoom for real walkers, where tea is served by the pint or half! Run by Yew Tree Farm, a traditional Lakeland hill farm, the Flock-In provides the perfect resting spot after a hearty hike along the River Derwent and through beautiful woodland onto the fells, where views open up of Derwent Water and the Skiddaw range. Try the ‘Flock-In Gorgeous’ mouthwatering chocolate shortbread, or the Sticky Borrowdale Mint Cake… Mmm!
Read: Lake District Tea Shop Walks, by Catherine Savidge
|3. Orchid House Tearoom, Bedwelly Park, Tredegar |
Tucked away in one of south Wales’ lesser known valleys, the Sirhowy, Bedwellty House and Park is a real find. Bedwellty was the home of 19th century ironmasters and later became the platform for the the career of a certain Tredegar boy called Aneurin Bevan. There’s plenty to see within the park grounds, including a Victorian bandstand, a war memorial and the world’s largest block of coal! Then it’s time for tea in the Orchid House, where Mum (and Dad) can choose from Lord or Lady Tredegar’s Afternoon Tea, adding a cheeky glass of Prosecco for an extra £3.50. There’s also a children’s option, complete with fruit as well as the sugary stuff!
Read: Heritage Walks in South East Wales, by Rebecca Lees
|4. Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire |
Home to the infamous Georgiana and still owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire today, Chatsworth is widely regarded as one of the finest houses in England - and we’d say the same of the tearoom! Large and elegant, it’s popular with visitors to the stately home and walkers alike, with a genuine welcome for all. A lovely circular walk from the car park at Calton Lees sweeps around the estate, taking in the Emperor Lake, the Hunting Tower, Swiss Cottage - and a nice cup of tea!
Read: Tea Shop Walks in the Peak District, by Norman & June Buckley
|5. Hyde Park, London |
Mums in the capital this Sunday will be spoilt for choice of lovely tearooms and, with the weather set to cheer up over the weekend, why not take your mum to one of the many cafes in London’s parks? Hyde Park is always a favourite, with the Serpentine Lido cafe and a number of gallery cafes for art lovers, or you could just pop to one of the Royal Parks’ many refreshment kiosks and bag a deckchair!
Read: London Walks in Easy English, by Patrick Gubbins